A new item I am traveling to Boston with this year is the GRID foam roller. It is so fantastic that I have been using religiously every day and actually feel the difference from using a regular foam roller. This product offers a “revolutionary advancement over traditional foam rollers.” If it’s revolutionary or not, there are two things I like about the GRID: 1) Solid construction, and 2) Travel friendly.
I assume readers who visit my blog know about benefits of using a foam roller and use one in some frequency. Until I bought the GRID last week, I was an occasional user and was using it because I was told it had benefits. I had been using a foam roller that anyone would find it at a sporting goods store or even super market. I learned how to use it but I was not convinced if it was actually doing anything. It did not particularly stretch sore spots, because the foam was not very solid and had a lot of give in it. I used a tennis ball for places that were really tight. But once I used the GRID, I no longer use a tennis ball. It has Distrodensity™ Foam Zone that is almost as hard as baseball and massages my tight spots very effectively. According to the manufacturer, the material is supposed to last a long time. My regular foam roller was somewhat solid when I bought it, but after a couple of years of occasional use, it is pretty forgiving now.
The reason I am bringing it to Boston with me is it is very travel friendly. Though it is light-weight, I’ve never traveled with my regular foam roller, because it would not fit in my luggage. In contrast, the GRID is 13-inch long and its diameter is 5-inch (I cannot find exactly how much it weighs). I can easily fit it in my luggage. In addition, it is hollow inside so I can stuff clothes inside and does not take up space in my luggage. Genius! When you travel for races, it is very difficult to bring your everyday items with you. In the past, I traveled without a foam roller and that was fine. But with the GRID, I can travel without a hassle and massage in my hotel room. I totally recommend this gear to anyone who is looking for solutions to alleviate tightness at home or on the road.
Less than 6 days until the race day. I am going to Sam Adams brewery after the race and savor the 26.2 brew. Until then or till I get to Boston, these will do. Cheers!